Study Groups

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Benefits of Study Groups

  • Material is better understood and retained 

  • Students can confirm with each other any confusing or complex subject material

  • Fellow students can be a source of support and encouragement 

  • Opportunity to teach, not just be recipient of someone else’s knowledge 

  • Increase in confidence in academic capability 

  • Opportunity to learn new study habits from peers 

  • Learning becomes more personally relevant and intellectually stimulating 

Getting Started

  • Ask motivated students to join your group 

  • Set an optimal group size of about three or four people 

  • Establish the group’s goals and set some important ground rules (see below) 

  • Create a regular schedule of meetings and assignments 

  • Select an ideal, distraction-free location 

  • Be sure everyone prepares for the group and is willing to participate 

  • Evaluate the group periodically to be sure it is on task and meeting its goals 

Some ground rules for study group sessions… 

  • Be on time and prepared 

  • Be respectful of others’ ideas 

  • Have homework, study guides, sample test questions, etc. completed before session 

  • Have questions about material ready to discuss 

  • Bring class notes and textbooks to study sessions Things to do at group sessions… 

  • Establish goals and what you hope to accomplish by joining a study group 

  • Review lecture notes together; discuss anything you did not understand 

  • Discuss key concepts from lectures and textbook 

  • Discuss what questions you expect to be on tests and exams 

  • Review past exams if the professor has made them available 

  • Work on assignments 

  • Do practice problems 

  • Study or tests or exam